Myndert WEMPLE

Male Bef 1691 - Bef 1785  (< 93 years)


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  • Name Myndert WEMPLE 
    Born Bef 24 Aug 1691  Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1785 
    Person ID I670  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Barent Janse WEMPLE,   b. 1656, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1743, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 88 years) 
    Mother Volkje Symonse VEEDER,   b. 1662, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1760  (Age < 97 years) 
    Married Abt 1682  Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alida DEWANDELAER,   b. Bef 18 Dec 1695, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1785  (Age < 89 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1718  Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Volkje WEMPLE,   b. Bef 18 Apr 1719, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Johannes WEMPLE,   b. Bef 25 Mar 1721,   d. Bef 1815  (Age < 93 years)
     3. Anna Catherine WEMPLE,   b. Bef 22 Dec 1722, probably Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1748, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 25 years)
     4. Barent WEMPLE,   b. Bef 26 Jul 1724,   d. Bef 1730  (Age < 5 years)
     5. Myndert WEMPLE,   b. Bef 26 Jul 1724,   d. Bef 1738  (Age < 13 years)
     6. Abraham WEMPLE,   b. 10 Jun 1726,   d. 13 Jul 1758  (Age 32 years)
     7. Hendrick WEMPLE,   b. 1730,   d. Aft 1790  (Age > 61 years)
     8. Barent WEMPLE,   b. Bef 02 Apr 1732,   d. 04 Jul 1771  (Age > 39 years)
     9. Maria WEMPLE,   b. Bef 02 Sep 1735,   d. Bef 1830  (Age < 94 years)
     10. Myndert WEMPLE,   b. Bef 20 Nov 1738, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1789  (Age > 50 years)
     11. Andreas WEMPLE,   b. (BEF. 2 Mar 1740/41)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From a paper titled THE WEMPLE FAMILY by William C. Wemple sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on September 5, 1995:

      Meindert was sent by Sir Wm. Johnson to the Senecas to stay until their corn was a foot high and keep their arms in order and working utensils in repair. The Indians in 1726 requested that He being a good and charitable to the poor that some of his sons may reside among them as they are they smiths, and are acquainted with them and know their language.

      Note: also according to the THE WEMPLE FAMILY he was among the first to purchase property, along with Douw Fonda and Hendrick A. Vrooman, in the Mohawk Valley.

      Excerpts from a paper sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:

      From the FIRST AMERICAN FRONTIER: AN OLD FRONTIER OF FRANCE Vol. I, page 345

      Foot note 18, In 1747 the Commissioners of Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut agreed to send gunsmiths to the Six Nations, two men with each smith, to spend the winter; Pounds 360 N.Y. currency was appropriated to buy goods, which were to go, to the Senecas, Pounds 120; and Pounds 60 to the Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas and Tuscaroras.

      continuing page 345

      . . . Wemple resided for some years between the Genesee and the Niagara, and it is no flight of fancy to suppose that there was more than one clash between him and Chabert* as to their respective rights in the villages by the lakes and streams of western New York. Here surely is suggestive material for the romancer, with a basis of fact none can dispute.

      In 1756, Wemple was sent into the Seneca country, but the natives were so short of food that in April they sent him back to Fort Johnson, where he reported to Sir William that as they passed eastward some Cayugas lately at Niagara, told him there were but 100 soldiers at that fort, but that the French were repairing it, making it very strong, and had plenty of provisions. It does not appear that Wemple ever reached the Niagara. He complained much of the rum-selling carried on by John O'Bail, a famous half-breed, who boasted that he did not care for Sir William or his regulations, since for every quart of rum he sold he got a Spanish dollar; but according to Wemple, even the Senecas themselves protested against the mischief he worked among them. . . .

      *an agent for the French government in Canada.


      The following is from a manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913. The manuscript was never published.

      He was born in Schenectady, baptized in Albany, August 24, 1691; married Alida. daughter of Johannes De Wandelaeer, of Albany, June 29, 1718, in Schenectady.

      According to the roster of Capt. Johannes Glen's Schenectady company in 1715, he was a soldier in the company in the company. (COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, volume 60, page 53, State Library, Albany, NY.)

      He was very early connected with Indian affairs in the Colony of New York and E. B. O'CALLAGHAN'S DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK has the following references to him.

      In an address made to the Governor by the Indians, September 17, 1724, they spoke thus:
      Brother Corlaer, It is two years ago since Major Abraham Schuyler was in ye Sinnekes Country with ye smith Myndert Wemp.

      September 13, 1726, the Seneca Indians ask that Myndert Wemp have his commission as smith to them renewed. The Governor in reply to their request said, If Myndert Wemp will go to the Sinnekes land, he may, and if he is not willing, I will send the fittest smith I can fine.

      A list of the Freeholders of the City and County of Albany, dated May 22, 1733, preserved in volume 70, page 58, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, State Library, Albany, NY, names his as a freeholder in Schenectady.

      In 1743, he was an inhabitant and freeholder of the Mohawks County, for his is his designated home in the list of that year. (COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, volume 73, page 80.)

      Volume 2, page 118 of SIR WILLIAM JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, in the State Library, Albany, NY, contains this draft of a letter in Sir William's handwriting:

      Instructions to Mr. Myndert Wemp, Smith for the Senecas & Cajugas.

      You are to repair to the Senecas Country by the first of August next to mend their arms of every kind, their Axes, Hows & in the best manner you can.

      You are to send me from time to time all the intelligence you can get of any moment, by Express, whom I shall pay, and you are to communicate whatever news I send to them by you, distinctly.

      You are to use your utmost endeavors to prevent any French Emissaries, either Christian or Indian, comeing to either of the aforesaid Nations on any pretence whatsoever.

      You are not to leave said place but work constantly for their two Castles until the middle of April next, for which you shall be paid Eighty Pounds this Currency.

      Given under my hand at Mount Johnson this 22'd Day of July, 1755.

      (signed) W. Johnson

      To Mr. Myndert Wemp.

      He writes from the Senecas to General Johnson, under date of November 22, 1755 (SIR Wm. JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, volume 3, page 247) and again on December 5, 1755 (ditto, volume 3, page 269), also another letter on January 17, 1756 (ditto, volume 4, page 24), but as they are all three unimportant, they have not been copied for this work.

      April 29, 1756 THE REPORT OF MYNDERT WEMP who arrived this day, with his son and a Seneca Warrior from the Senecas Country, where he was sent by Sir Wm. Johnson to reside as a Smith, was presented and in it says that he had to come back on account of the scarcity of provisions. At this council the Indians spoke and hoped that some of Myndert Wemp's sons might reside with them, as they understood the Indian language, were known to them and were Smiths (O'CALLAGHAN'S DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NY).

      At a meeting held at Onondaga, December 6, 1762, with the Indians there assembles, among other persons present was Myndert Wemp, residing as a Smith at Onondage. (Callaghan's ditto).


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